Baton Rouge flood victim’s Dry Pillow Diary

Baton Rouge flood victim’s Dry Pillow Diary

A Go Fund Me account has been set up for Steve Wheeler and his family. Wheeler is a journalist whose house has to be almost completely reconstructed after of the epic floods in Baton Rouge, Louisiana dumped over two feet of water in forty-eight hours.

Wheeler took to Facebook to let his friends and family know how they were doing after the flood. Each night Wheeler set on a twin bed and wrote a note, titled Dry Pillow Diary. Each night, more people commented. Each night we waited to see how Steve was fairing.

I am going to include the posts before Steve found a dry pillow to lay his head at night. After that Wheeler starts his Dry Pillow musings. As you will soon find out, Steve did not get much FEMA money, and he had no insurance. I will start with Day One and list them all. If you would like to help Wheeler and his family the Go Fund me account is still open and able to take donations.

August 13, 2016

My family and some friends had close calls overnight in the historic flooding in and around Baton Rouge. Some of us are stranded, some have evacuated and lost everything, but my family and friends are all now safe as far as I know.
God is good.

There is virtually no one here that hasn’t been impacted by this flood in some way. I’m encouraged that in a community that has been through so much in recent weeks, people are coming together to help each other. The homes that remain dry are being opened to those in need. Shelters are taking care of anyone who can get there.
And THANK YOU to all the first responders who are risking their lives to rescue flood victims. The rivers are still rising.

Please continue to pray for South Louisiana.

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historic flooding August, 2016 Baton Rouge, LA

It’s been a crazy day.

My daughter was able to get to her home by boat last night and was devastated. The home she and her husband just finished remodeling had 7 feet of floodwater and unimaginable filth inside. They just got all of their new appliances and furniture moved in 2 weeks ago. Their young family escaped the floodwaters in the middle of Friday night with just their pajamas on. They lost everything else. My heart breaks for them.

As for me, my home was accessible only by boat today, but the water is receding quickly. Hope to actually be able to drive a vehicle with wheels to my house tomorrow. I got only about 1 foot of water inside, but that’s still going to require major renovations and months of work.

Becky, I put your Mustang press car in my garage, which was the safest place I could get it to in the 15 or so minutes we had to evacuate as the waters rose. I when I checked it today it started right up and growled like it was mad. The only issue that I could immediately see was the driver’s side carpet is wet.

My other daughter’s home was threatened by rising water but did not get any inside, thank goodness. We’ve been using her house as our home base.

But my family is safe and physically unharmed. Emotionally we have some recovering to do.

Saw Lots of drama during this whole crazy time: stark terror, narrow escapes, rescues, bravery, cowardice, unbelievable community spirit and, tragically, some fatalities.

Thanks to everyone for all the prayers, offers of support and encouragement. You can’t even imagine how much it means to my family and me.

We will recover from this nightmare and be stronger for it.

God is still with us, and he’s working all things for our good.

We need a boat at the intersection of Forest Delatte and Juban Road to shuttle about 20 people our of my neighborhood. Does anyone have a boat we can use?

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About the Author:

L ou Ann Hammond has a work history in the energy and transportation field. Starting with Chevron Corp. in finance and accounting from 1978 to 1986. Hammond was exposed to the accounting, selling, management, and transportation of petroleum and all the alternative energies Chevron explored for during the turbulent 1970s.Hammond is the founder and owner of the first privately owned automobile website www.carlist.com. Carlist is the longest running used car database, since 1986, even prior to the Internet. Hammond's most recent website, www.drivingthenation.com, covers a broader range of subjects than solely the automotive or the energy industry. Driving the Nation encompasses both automotive and energy issues to show the audience how dependent we are on both. Hammond's varied background in the petroleum and automotive industry gives her an analyst insight into the myriad levels of automobile and energy topics.